The Google IT Support Professional Certificate
The IT Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google and hosted on Coursera, can help you become ready for an entry-level job in IT support in under six months. No experience is necessary.

VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide
Reference guide to help during final

arrangements planning

Amazon black Friday deals

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website

We’re there to provide comfort during difficult times

7 Changes to Social Security in 2020
From what beneficiaries will be paid to what workers

could owe in payroll tax, big changes are

on the way for America's top social program

Veteran Disability Claims: Nexus and IMO Letters

To meet the nexus requirement, the veteran must have an evaluation by a physician that will establish that the veteran is indeed disabled and also that his disability is as likely as not caused by his military service.  There are two methods used to establish such a nexus; one is independent medical examination and the other is independent medical opinion.

Proposed Rule - Schedule for Rating Disabilities
The Genitourinary Diseases and Conditions

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system. 

Should You Get Medicare

Supplement Plan F?

How about  Medicare Parts A and B?

Maybe Part F+? Part D? 

​Oh, unless you live in

Massachusetts, Minnesota or Wisconsin.

​Confused? Just wait until you hear about 

programs such as Medicare

Part C or a Medicare Advantage policy.

It's Your Right To See Your Medical Records.

It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Do

​​At a time when many insurers and health information technology companies are busily assembling databases

of hundreds of millions of medical records, Americans

find it difficult to get access to their own.

Jim's Mailbag

No-Cost Flu Shot Options for Veterans

This year, enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system have several options to get a flu shot. VA now offers more options, easy access, and seamless records.


​ When and Where to get your flu shot today

Marijuana Accessories

Upload evidence to support

your disability claim
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back

money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works.

Give veterans more health care options!
Tell your lawmaker

Veterans deserve more choice

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Additional information needed to support claim

Direct Deposit - May I apply by telephone?

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

Check your VA claim or appeal status

Find out how to check the status of a

VA claim or appeal online

Be a Volunteer.

I did that for years & it's

the best thing ever. Get 

into the belly of the beast.

VA  loves  volunteers!

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RIGHT NOW?
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Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VA Launchpad for Veterans

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad

App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.

New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

4 Facts About Your Social Security

Benefits You May Not Know
Arming yourself with knowledge about the

complicated benefits process will

help you better prepare for retirement.

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

If you're thinking of filing a claim or initiating an appeal of a denied claim, this is your new best friend. The details of exactly what you need to meet a rating are here and in use every day. Yes, it's complex. Yes, it's cumbersome. Yes, knowing how to use The Schedule is a necessity if you want to file a successful claim. Go for it!

Social Security and You

Vets being duped by Social Security rumor mill

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

Email Jim your question for a quick and confidential reply.  jim912@gmail.com

Let's Review Effective Dates
​M21-1, Part III, Subpart iv, Chapter 5, 
Section C - Effective Dates


​The general rule is that the effective date is assigned based on the date of receipt of claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later.  Before applying the general rule, however, all information gathered during evidence review must be considered to determine whether a more specific effective date rule applies.​


​Effective Dates for Claims for Increased Compensation

Impact of Intent to File (ITF) on Effective Date

Claims for Earlier Effective Dates

Effective Dates for Direct and Secondary

Service Connection (SC)


In some situations, different theories of entitlement allow for assignment of different effective dates.  In such cases, consider each effective date rule when assigning an effective date and assign the most advantageous effective date that applies for the facts of the case. 

Social Security Reinstates

Reconsideration Appeal Level​

​This year Alabama, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and

Pennsylvania--reinstated the reconsideration.

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women About

Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get to

Do What I Do"

Everything you ever wanted to know about how

the VA benefits system works but were afraid to ask.
Welcome to the

KnowVA Knowledge Base

Read Me Please 

The Users Guide
VAWatchdog Dot Org​

VAWatchdog Dot Org

PAPER Evidence Records

and Claims All Go Here

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI

53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:

844-531-7818​

The NPRC

Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Can VA Disability Compensation Be Used

to Calculate Child Support or Income?


​Veterans' disability benefits are compensation for

the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for disabled veterans and their families." They are not supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but can be counted in child support calculations to provide for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.

Why You Need An IMO!

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving

Conditions of the Spine

​The OIG determined that VBA incorrectly

processed more than half

of the 62,500 veterans’ claims.

Veteran Proud

You've Arrived at the VAWatchdog Dot Org!
​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under 38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran must first show that the veteran’s conditions result in a disability picture that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

Gregory M. Rada - A Veteran for Veterans

​​Focusing on appeals involving psychiatric conditions

and/or individual unemployability (TDIU)

​Proven Results • Direct Communication • No Fees Unless You Win
Nationwide Representation 
Free Phone Consultations - ​(844) 838-7529

Veterans to Congress: End Forever Wars
George W. Bush’s War on Terror began eighteen years ago, with no initiative on the part of the U.S. government to bring it to a conclusion. In those two decades, Americans have spent $6.4 trillion and lost seven thousand soldiers.

Craig Bash M.D., MBA

The Veterans Medical Advisor


If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned

certain benefits.​ Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned

benefits guaranteed by law.​ Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA

system. As a disabled veteran himself and a respected, board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the

need—and adds even further insight as a VA-accredited service organization representative. 


​​Call   925-381-7561    Email   drbash@doctor.com

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.


Independent Medical Opinions
Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters


Get In Touch With Dr. Seiter

President Trump is Damaging Our Military

War Crimes Cases are the Latest Example

Early Problems as Trump’s Signature

Veterans’ Health Plan Rolls Out
Officials administering the plan said they were unable

to guarantee a network large enough to accommodate

all the veterans who may seek care.

Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs

a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say
Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is expected to be formally notified of the action on Wednesday.

How Much Can I Earn Without Losing

My Social Security?
The amount you can earn will depend on your

age and through which program you're

getting Social Security benefits.

January’s new military shopping benefit

delayed for tens of thousands of veterans

The Defense Department has apparently pulled back on a plan that would have allowed access to veterans who are eligible for this benefit, regardless of whether they are eligible for the Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC).

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

Drew Early   Veterans Law Attorney
Graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point

Adjunct Professor - Emory University Law School
20 Years Army Service - Airborne - Explosive Ordnance Badge
Free Case Review - Nationwide Representation
BVA/DRO Appeals - Fiduciary & Caregiver Issues, Trusts, Wills
Appeals of Veterans & Survivor Claims
(770) 939-1939

How Veterans Affairs denies care to many of

the people it’s supposed to serve
These are people who put their bodies

and minds in harm’s way for their country.

Veterans React To 3 Controversial

Pardons Issued By President Trump

The only thing they have in common, really, is

that they were in cold blood. There was

no heat of battle with any of these three. 

Veterans looking for answers as new data

shows rise in cancers over two decades of war

“I got cancer because of my service in the military,” Ho said. “There could be hundreds, thousands of veterans behind me getting cancer.”

Trump’s big veterans health care plan has hit a snag
Narrow networks are an issue for many Americans.

Now they’re affecting vets.

PTSD, MST, TBI, 
Agent Orange Exposure, Back Injuries

Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease, 
DIC, Unemployability TDIU

Free Veterans Disability Consultation!      Call Now!  (800) 742-5035

Adam R. Luck,

Veterans Law Attorney

Shortchanging military heroes

Millions don’t access the benefits they

have earned and need

​Roger Hale,  Veterans Law Attorney​​

​Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Consultation For Veterans​
​​Industrial Accidents   Nursing Home Negligence   Car Accidents   ​

Workers Compensation   Veterans Law​     

Pain & Suffering     Emotional & Mental Anguish

(​405) 531-9983

Suspicious Deaths at Our Veteran’s Hospitals
The press reported on suspicious deaths at VA

medical centers. What's going on?

How the 2020 Democrats Plan to Help Veterans
Democratic presidential candidates want to

provide veterans with better health care

and increase their access to education and jobs.

Pete Buttigieg said a woman should lead the V.A.

'National tragedy'

Surveillance, staffing under review

after deaths at VA hospital

VA Issues Eviction Notices to Unions at Its Facilities
Unions can keep office space if they pay their "fair share," VA says as it implements Trump's executive orders.​

Psychology Around the Net

November 16, 2019

​​Meaningful Work Is the Best Therapy

One blogger explains why being denied Social

Security Disability Income was one of the most

important things that led to his recovery from serious mental illness; that, while having a social safety net

is important to help people get back on their feet, having meaningful work of some sort is what’s crucial to “heal, and to regain productivity and independence.”

GLOVERLUCK

Veterans Law At Your Service

​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure

​Federal Tort Claims/Title 38 U.S.C. 1151

Also known as FTCA and Section 1151 Claims

​Nationwide Representation 

844 244 VETS (8387)

Senate should follow House and pass

landmark bill for women veterans

The Deborah Sampson Act would meet

need for expanded and improved VA care. 

Veterans PTSD Assessments

Independent Medical Opinions    PTSD DBQs

​Thomas Grieder, MD, PhD

​Twenty five years service as a VA psychiatrist

Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Professor

UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

​Lead psychiatrist for the East Los Angeles PTSD Clinical Team

Contact Dr. Grieder

Trump Betrays the Military
His intervention in decisions about war crimes

undermines the moral standing of the armed forces.

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran

DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?
You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?
(520) 219-7321  
 Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

Hodes Milman LLP

​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA​
​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims -

VA Medical Malpractice Claims, Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today.
Our firm serves throughout the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
Call Now!  (949) 640-8222​​

Key findings about America’s military veterans

​​The experiences of post-9/11 veterans differ from

those who served in previous eras. Post-9/11

veterans more likely to have been deployed,

seen combat, experienced emotional trauma

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

Office of Inspector General

Inadequate Oversight of Contracted Disability Exam Cancellations

​VBA reported that claims processors requested more than 1.3 million DBQ exams by contractors. During that same period, more than 137,000 DBQ exams were canceled, an increase of about 74 percent over the previous six-month period. MDE staff did not conduct adequate oversight of 137,273 contracted DBQ exam cancellations for 59,078 veterans from November 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018. MDE staff confirmed they did not validate whether contractors’ scheduling actions met contract requirements. Furthermore, MDE staff did not adequately monitor and analyze contractors’ reasons for exam cancellations, including no-shows. This was due, in large part, to MDE staff not having direct access to reliable data, and to staffing shortages within the MDE program. 

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

As an expert in psychological evaluations, Dr. Valette

provides Independent Medical Evaluations (IME),

Independent Medical Opinions (IMO), nexus letters,

ratings reviews for all psychological conditions. 

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen

Contact Us Today

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

November 19th 2019

The 5 Best Perks of Social Security
Chances are that Social Security has your

back in more ways than you realize.

Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize,

and share your VA medical records and personal

health information. Find out if you’re eligible

and how to sign in to start using these tools.

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?

This is a must read for you!!!

I've been posting this again and again over the years

and it's still one of the best ways I know to win

your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of

the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Found in Gourmet Foods

Sugar-Free

So it's healthy, Right?

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.

Forms

Nothing happens until

you complete the

form. Get over it.


Submit your claim ​21-526EZ


Other-than-honorable discharge?

You’re still eligible for VA mental health care​

Presumptive Benefits...what are they?

When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.

Or do you?

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

INN TO THE FOREST

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We offer lodging, camping,

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How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

Website Monitoring Tool

Top Searches

How to Fight VA Debt
Military members know that when DoD gives

you too much money, it will come back for it.

The VA is similar, but the system is worse.

Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?

You need an IMO...Here's why;
We propose that veterans who are filing claims

take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam report by having their own Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who

are not employees of the VA. Although this brings about

an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that
any out of pocket expense is an investment
toward

a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.
Keep Reading...

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!